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1986-2019: Celebrating Scotland's Music for over 30 Years



Posted: 26th November 2019

Fiona J Mackenzie - Duan Nollaig (A Gaelic Christmas)

A unique recording of Christmas songs in Gaelic by one of Scotland’s favourite Gaelic singers and former Mod Gold Medal winner Fiona J Mackenzie. Includes such favourites as Silent Night, Away In A Manger, In The Bleak Midwinter, Child In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Halleluiah (featured in the film Shrek) and more. A quite stunning album.

See also the companion Duan Nollaig Carol Book.

cover image for Keltik Elektrik - vol 1 (Edinburgh Hogmanay Party Mix)

Keltik Elektrik – Edinburgh Hogmanay Party Mix

A best-selling Greentrax favourite, ideal for your Christmas or New Year dance party. It really grooves. This is a fun album for people who enjoy a “Celtic fling”. Was TV-advertised on its release and has achieved remarkable sales.

See also the Keltik Elektrik Hogmanay Party 3CD Box Set.

The Best Of Bill Barclay

This live album of Edinburgh’s own Bill Barclay includes a re-recording of the “hit single” The Twelve (Drunken) Days Of Christmas plus other songs, interspersed with Bill’s side-splitting humour. Great for Christmas and New Year parties. Was on the Bah! Humbug compilation album (now deleted).

Eric Bogle - By Request

Includes the hilarious Santa Bloody Claus, in which Eric Bogle takes a swipe at the ever-increasing commercialism of Christmas, which was previously on the Bah! Humbug album. Included on this album are No Man’s Land (aka Greenfields of France), And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Leaving Nancy, Now I’m Easy and more - his most requested songs.


news article for Duncan McCrone - Resurrection Road (A Clydeside Carol)

Posted: 21st November 2019

Play or download Resurrection Road on Apple Music or iTunes.

This single is taken from Duncan McCrone’s acclaimed 2018 CD album Land Of Gold, and Greentrax is taking the unusual step of releasing the song as a Christmas single this month. The track includes special guest vocalist Rab Noakes and is being released by Greentrax as a single for Christmas 2019.

Duncan McCrone writes:

“To those of us lucky enough to be safe, warm and well-fed and with a roof over our heads, it seems unthinkable to be sleeping in a cold shop doorway or alley, alone with few if any friends and, often, no prospect of things improving. All of our cities are filled with men and women whose lives are a constant, miserable struggle, and whose deaths are often hardly mourned. Every year, though, Christmas comes around again, and decent, kind people notice the homeless a bit more, giving their time, their thoughts and often a bit more of their money to hide who have had a much worse ride through life than themselves. It adds to the general feeling of wellbeing and the sense of Christmas spirit. A fiver handed over, rather than just a pound or fifty pence; a community or church initiative to provide warm festive dinners for a few days; a pause to make human contact, even for a short while… and so on and so forth.

Then January arrives, and the festive season is over. The weather becomes colder still, the nights are darker, and for various domestic and economic reasons, the ranks of the homeless have swollen yet again. Sadly though, Christmas has cost everyone a fortune, and there isn’t the spare cash to hand out, and folk just want to batten down the hatches and face down another uncertain year.

Glasgow, like other big cities, wasn’t always like this, though. Back in the day, there was always poverty, of course, and squalid living conditions for those with no work or poorly-paid jobs. There was always unemployment and hardship, but often hope that things would improve. The city streets were always very festive at Christmas, and the atmosphere warm and, for the most part, unthreatening. Beggars plied their trade, and there was a roaring trade in cheap booze to help struggling folk on their way.

It was nothing like the feeling of hopelessness there is today, though.”

Duncan McCrone and his co-writer and bandmate Cy Jack wrote their poignant Christmas carol Resurrection Road to gently point out that the problem of homelessness is around us all year round. Its alternative title is The Clydeside Carol and, while it’s set in McCrone and Jack’s hometown of Glasgow, it’s appropriate to every city and large town around the country.

The track features a stand-out guest vocal from legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes, who sings lead on the second verse and shares backing vocals with Duncan and Cy, and also a beautiful instrumental version of In The Bleak Midwinter by star traditional musicians Chris Stout (fiddle) and Finlay Macdonald (low whistle).

A portion of the revenue from the download sales will go to the housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

Play or download Resurrection Road on Apple Music or iTunes.


news article for Blair Atholl Piping Concert

Posted: 1st October 2019

Cairdeas nam Piobairean is delighted to announce The Blair Atholl Piping Concert, a celebration of the wonderful, colourful and diverse range of pipes and styles in our Scottish piping tradition.

A stunning lineup of pipers in the beautiful Blair Atholl Village Hall, featuring:

  • Dr Angus MacDonald and Stuart Liddell - Highland Pipes
  • Angus Nicolson - Border Pipes
  • Fin Moore and Sarah Hoy - Reel Pipes and Fiddle
  • Gary West and Brighde Chaimbeul - Scottish Small Pipes

7.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday 25th October at Blair Atholl Village Hall (Main Road, Blair Atholl, Perthshire PH18 5SG)

Tickets are available from Eventbrite, or by emailing Hamish Moore - hamish@hamishmoore.org


news article for September 2019 Album News

Posted: 22nd September 2019

The Dick Gaughan Harvard Tapes album continues to amaze us with huge mail order sales. Everyone involved is of course delighted.

Greentrax has had a busy year with seven new releases so far, which are all doing well, including Malinky - Handsel, receiving brilliant press coverage and radio play; Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern Live In Concert, touring all over North America and Europe; while sales of the John Campbell Munro - The Kelly Collection have exceeded all expectations (see our Special Offers).

Christine Kydd has been working her socks of promoting her album Shift And Change; the Alexander McCall Smith and James Ross album These Are The Hands has attracted a lot of media attention, and Dougie Mackenzie and Brian Miller have been actively promoting Along The Way, with excellent results.

Barbara Dickson has made several appearances on TV recently, on a variety of programmes including the BBC Proms in The Park at Glasgow Green. Her album To Each And Everyone - The Songs Of Gerry Rafferty continues to be a strong seller.

Will Lamb of The School of Scottish Studies is working on a new Scottish Tradition Series album - Gaelic Mouth Music - due for release late 2019 or early 2020. Peter Haigh is currently editing and mastering the audio material.

PoppyScotland has produced an educational video for use by secondary schools in Scotland. It includes a number of segments from the Greentrax Far, Far From Ypres DVD, licensed free of charge for this important learning facility.


news article for August 2019 News

Posted: 29th August 2019

Ian McCalman’s The Singing Sixties concert last month sold out, and was an absolutely cracking night of song. The audience participation was quite astonishing.

Dick Gaughan’s The Harvard Tapes is breaking mail order records and the feedback from customers and the media is hugely complimentary. The album is also doing well through shops and Dick will earn greatly from all these sales. Greentrax again acknowledges Brian O’Donovan of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who recorded the 1982 concert and then freely allowed the recordings to be used for this release, thus helping Dick.

Pre-release orders for John Campbell Munro’s The Kelly Collection have been very encouraging. The album consists of songs of the notorious Ned Kelly and his gang, all written by John and recorded shortly before his untimely death. His friends, including Eric Bogle, went into the studio later and added backing. Royalties from the sales of the album will go to St Vincent’s Private Hospital (Research Arm) in Australia via John’s wife Alana Cole. It is a pleasure and a privilege for Ian Green to release this album of a great singer-songwriter, musician and friend.

Other albums featuring John Campbell Munro are:


news article for July 2019 News

Posted: 20th July 2019

Tickets are selling well for The Singing Sixties Concert in the Queen’s Hall on the 12th August but hardly surprising with a guest list including Barbara Dickson, Archie Fisher, Adan McNaughtan, Arthur Johnstone, Ian Bruce, Iain Rankin, Harry Cullen, John Barrow and Dick Gaughan, who is yet again rising to the occasion with a song. There are many other singers, too many to mention here, and also some surprise guests according to organiser Ian McCalman. Should be a great night of song.

Drs John Barrow and Ian Green are reviving the old Sandy Bell’s Broadsheet with a one-off special edition to mark the occasion of The Singing Sixties, with contributions from some amazing personalities. We’ll not spoil things by announcing the contributors yet but rest assured it will be a 12-page SBB of great interest, humour and nostalgia. This special issue will be on sale at the Concert and in Sandy Bell’s Bar, Edinburgh, but will also be available soon direct from Greentrax for £2.00 (including P&P).

The Malinky album Hansel and Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern Live in Concert are going great guns. Malinky had a full centre page spread in a recent edition of The National newspaper.

Dick Gaughan’s The Harvard Tapes, a definitive concert from 1982 is released on 1st August and if advance orders are anything to go by, Dick will be earning good royalties from sales. Both Ian McCalman and Ian Green believe this is “vintage Gaughan” and Dick himself agrees they are the best live recordings of himself he has ever heard. The recordings were made by Brian O’Donovan at a concert in The Old Cambridge Baptist Church, near Harvard University Campus in 1982. The late Johnny Cunningham accompanies Dick on fiddle on the Freedom Come All Ye. Brian has freely donated the recordings and bonus tracks have also been given free by Jason Smith from Milngavie concerts in 2010 and 2012. A quite outstanding collection and a unique project with everyone giving their services free so that Dick will earn a substantial royalty from sales in his enforced “rest” from touring.


news article for 50th Anniversary of Rankin File

Posted: 10th June 2019

​The group Rankin File, featuring the songs of Iain Rankin, celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019 of their formation in 1969.

In recognition of the anniversary, Brack’n’File are performing an hour-long show of Iain’s songs at the Acoustic Music Centre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 19th August.

Iain Rankin is doing a solo show at Acoustic Music Centre on the 16th August.

Iain is also performing as part of Ian McCalman’s The Singing Sixties - Songs Which Stood The Test Of Time with Barbara Dickson and friends.

Buy tickets for Brack’n’File Sing The Iain Rankin Songbook here.

Buy tickets for Iain Rankin’s solo show here.

Buy the CD Rankin File - For The Record at Greentrax.


news article for The Singing Sixties with Barbara Dickson and Friends

Posted: 27th March 2019

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh - Monday 12th August 2019, 8:00pm

Featuring Barbara Dickson, Archie Fisher, Adam McNaughton, Dick Gaughan, Sangsters, Iain Rankin, the award-winning Far, Far From Ypres choir plus superb surprise guests.

Forty Scottish folk star singers, sitting at tables positioned on the stage, rolling back the years with a singing session of over twenty songs, based on the sessions of the 1960s. Party time!

The Singing Sixties celebrates the ‘60s folk choruses when Sandy Bell’s Bar, and bars like it in Scotland, attracted world-famous musicians to join locals in mighty harmony.

If you were around then and can’t remember that era, you were probably in Sandy Bell’s bar with that lot, singing just for the joy of it. Many classic traditional and contemporary chorus songs will be reprised and you’re invited to join in.

Book tickets here.

Cast

Barbara Dickson * Archie Fisher * Adam McNaughton * Dick Gaughan * Arthur Johnstone * Iain Anderson * Ian McCalman * Iain Rankin * Ian Bruce * Hamish Bayne * Gary West * Brian Miller * Stevie Palmer * Harry Cullen * Charlie Milne * George Archibald * May Weatherston * Jim Weatherston * Allan Prior * Carole Prior * Andy Ramage * Ann Murray * Fiona Forbes * John Barrow * Ann O’Toole * Ann Allan * Bill Hill * Cass (Gordon) Stewart * John Allan * Dennis Wilson * Kenny McDonald * Linda Wilson * Morag Dunbar * Norman Gore * Tom Ward * Siobhan Miller (subject to availability)

Songs planned

30 Foot Trailer * The Broom O’ The Cowdenknowes * Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway * Together Forever * Call On Me * Lancashire Lads * The Ploughboy Lads * Da Doo Ron Ron * Sandy Bells Man * Cushie Butterfield * Jeely Piece Song * Early Morning Rain * I’ll Lay Ye Doon Love * Lesson Too Late For The Learning * Star O’ The Bar * Busk Busk Bonnie Lassie * Everything’s Fine Right Now * Working On The New Railroad * Sleepy Toon * Three Score And Ten * Yellow On The Broom * Doon In The Wee Room * Freedom Come All Ye


news article for Christine Kydd performances in 2019

Posted: 22nd March 2019

​Christine Kydd’s forthcoming performance dates include:

  • Thursday 4 April - Houston Folk Club, HOUSTON
  • Friday 12 April - Garmouth Folk Club, GARMOUTH
  • Sunday 14 April - Wee Launch Shift & Change CD and family ceilidh, GLEN PROSEN
  • Saturday 27 April - Cappuccino Concert, Wighton Centre, DUNDEE
  • Sunday 28 April - Bothy Folk Club, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside
  • Monday 29 April - Nether Edge Bowling Club, SHEFFIELD, South Yorkshire
  • Wednesday 1 May - Coach House Studios, WIRKSWORTH, Derbyshire
  • Tuesday 23 June - Wee Folk Club, EDINBURGH
  • Friday 28 June - Perthshire House concert (by invitation), BLAIRGOWRIE
  • 26th to 28th July - Traditional Singing Weekend, CULLERLIE, Aberdeenshire
  • Monday 26 August - Pitlochry Theatre, PITLOCHRY with Gillian Frame
  • 31st August to 7th September - School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance, BARGA, Italy
  • Tuesday 17 September - Leith Folk Club, EDINBURGH

See Christine’s February 2019 Greentrax album release Shift & Change.

See all current performance dates on Christine Kydd’s website.


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